Community Events

28th Japan-America Grassroots Summit September 18 – 24, 2018

  The Japan America Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale exchange of Japanese and American people, held alternately in Japan and America. The Summit aims to strengthen the peaceful relationship between our two countries by fostering friendship at the grassroots level.  This year Washington state is hosting 135+ people from Japan for 3-day homestays. Learn how to become a host family, volunteer, or sponsor of this week-long mega-event!

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Japan Week at Bellevue College

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Seattle Japanese Garden Maples

Seattle Japanese Garden Maple Festival 2018
Thursday, October 4 – Sunday, October 14

Join us for the breathtaking sight of maple trees in fall colors at the annual Maple Festival from Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 14th. This family-friendly event features nature-inspired art, maple tree scavenger hunt, live performances, and other cultural activities.


U.S. Commerce to Exhibit at the World’s Leading Edge Cyber Physical Systems/Internet of Things (IoT) Exhibition CEATEC

October 16-19, 2018 |  Tokyo, Japan

In partnership with CEATEC Japan, the U.S. Department of Commerce is pleased to offer U.S. companies the opportunity to join the U.S. Pavilion at CEATEC Japan at a special rate and receive export assistance at CEATEC 2018. The consolidated event brings together around 145,000 people from business leaders to engineers and researchers from different industries. The four main areas of CEATEC Japan include the community area, devices and software, home and lifestyle and the themed area.

For more information or to register, please visit the event page.


2018 UW Converge Tokyo & General Meeting

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Tokyo

This event is a gathering of UW Alumni from the Asia/Pacific region, with senior representation as well from our UW Home Campus.  This follows regional alumni gatherings in recent years – beginning in Shanghai in November 2015, followed by events in Bangkok and Beijing in 2016 and 2017.

From Home Campus, we will be joined by several UW Deans and Faculty members – as well as by Ms. Sally Jewell, Distinguished Fellow at the UW’s College of the Environment.  Ms. Jewell also served as the 51st Secretary of the Interior of the United States (2013-2017) – and is herself a UW Alumna – attending on behalf of President Cauce, who is unable to attend this November. 

The Innovation Summit will take place at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ), followed by a Reception in the evening , the equivalent to our annual General Meeting (reunion) to which all participants are warmly encouraged to attend as well.

For more information, visit the 2018 UW Converge Tokyo website.